New financial penalties have come into force to crack down on fly-tipping. The majority of householders already dispose of their waste responsibly, however from 7 January any householder who fails to pass their waste to a licensed carrier, and whose waste is found fly-tipped, could face penalties of up to £400.
Potential fly-tipping by rogue operators, and the risk of a penalty, can be simply avoided by using certified waste carriers. Householders can search for registered waste carriers quickly and easily on the Environment Agency’s website.
Latest figures show the government’s crackdown on fly-tippers is delivering results, with no increase in the number of incidents for the first time in five years for the 2017/18 year.
Councils were urged to use letters or notices on bins to remind people of appropriate practices. This measured and balanced approach, set out in further guidance, continues to allow councils to focus their efforts on the small minority who cause genuine harm to the local environment through irresponsible behaviour.
Michael welcomed the introduction of this new penalty for fly-tipping and said, "fly-tipping and litter dropping are two of my pet hates. They are a blight on our roads and beautiful Dorset countryside. So many local residents have contacted me about this subject and I know that this will be welcomed right across our community."
The Government has also committed to clarifying charging arrangements for waste disposal in relation to small scale DIY construction activities carried out by ordinary householders, which the government has made clear should not be charged for at Household Waste Recycling Centres.